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Stoke Newington's seven long-lost cinemas by Amir Dotan

Presented as part of the 11th Stoke Newington History Talks event, Sep 10th 2019

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Stoke Newington's seven
long-lost cinemas 
Amir Dotan
Photo by Ian Grundy
Borders of the Metropolitan Borough of Stoke Newington (1900-65)
Location
Alexandra Theatre
Vogue Continental
Savoy
Coliseum
Apollo
Biograph
The Albion
1890s 1900s 1910s 1920s 1930s 1940s 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s
Years active
Savoy
Alexandra
Apollo
Coliseum
Vogue
The Albion
Biograph
Number of seats
500 1000 1500 2000
Savoy/ABC
1936-1984
11-15 Stoke Newington Road

Opened on 26th October 1936

1,890 seats

Built for the Associated British Cinemas (ABC)

Designed by William R. Glen in an Art Deco style

After it closed in 1984, the stalls area was
converted into a snooker hall with a false ceiling

The foyer had been converted into two shop units

Revamped in 2018 as a multi-arts space

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Stoke Newington's seven long-lost cinemas by Amir Dotan

  • 1. Stoke Newington's seven long-lost cinemas  Amir Dotan Photo by Ian Grundy
  • 2. Borders of the Metropolitan Borough of Stoke Newington (1900-65) Location
  • 3. Alexandra Theatre Vogue Continental Savoy Coliseum Apollo Biograph The Albion 1890s 1900s 1910s 1920s 1930s 1940s 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s Years active
  • 6. 11-15 Stoke Newington Road Opened on 26th October 1936 1,890 seats Built for the Associated British Cinemas (ABC) Designed by William R. Glen in an Art Deco style After it closed in 1984, the stalls area was converted into a snooker hall with a false ceiling The foyer had been converted into two shop units Revamped in 2018 as a multi-arts space
  • 12. 1985
  • 14. 1982
  • 33. 38 Stoke Newington High Street Opened as The Electric Palace Originally 700 seats, reduced to 451 in 1945 By 1940 it had been taken over by Capital & Provincial Cinemas Ltd and re-named Vogue Cinema Capital & Provincial Cinemas Ltd became Classic Cinemas and specialised in re-runs of classic Hollywood films It closed on 21st June 1958 as a protest by Classic Cinemas against the landlord’s rent rise
  • 34. 1910
  • 43. 65 & 67 Stoke Newington Road Opened as The Alexandra Theatre and Opera House Designed by the renowned Theatre architect Frank Matcham who also designed the Hackney Empire The Theatre had a capacity of over 1,700 on its opening. Opened on Monday the 27th of December 1897 with the Drury lane production of the pantomime 'Dick Whittington'
  • 45. In 1932 it was taken over by Standard Cinema Properties Ltd and was turned over to full time Cinema use In 1934, the Theatre was fitted for sound and began showing Films, Variety, and Plays During the war the Theatre was open only sporadically but it reopened afterwards in 1945 Closed down completely in 1950 and remained unused for a decade until it was demolished
  • 57. 1949
  • 62. Alexandra Theatre awaiting demolition 1959
  • 65. 31-33 Stoke Newington Road Opened in January 1913 as the Electric Coliseum Cinema, seating was provided on stalls level only 600 seats Was always an independently operated cinema and for many years was operated by Kingsland Pictures Ltd Closed on 5th February 1972 with the double bill programme of Michael Caine in Too Late The Hero and Lee Marvin in Hell in the Pacific Demolished in 2001
  • 71. 1983
  • 72. 1983
  • 73. 1983
  • 74. 1983
  • 76. 1983
  • 77. 1985
  • 81. 117 Stoke Newington Road Opened as the Apollo Picture House in 1913 1,180 seats Re-opened as the Ambassador Cinema in 1933 Converted into a Star Bingo Club by 1965 Re-opened in 1974 as the Astra Cinema By 1978 it became a cinema club playing uncensored martial arts movies and soft core sex films, finally closing in July 1983 Converted into a mosque in 1994
  • 83. 1943
  • 85. 1977
  • 86. 1982 - Terry Gilley
  • 87. 1984 - Alan Denney
  • 91. 1914 The Biograph Cinema (1910-16), with 334 seats was located at 181 Stoke Newington High Street.
  • 92. The Albion Cinema (1911-52), with 360 seats was located at 4 Albion Parade, Albion Road